University of Manchester: Humanitarian Practice

InstitutionUniversity of Manchester
Department School of Arts, Languages and Cultures View department profile
Telephone +44 (0)161 275 0322
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Our MSc in Humanitarian Practice course has been created to meet the professional and personal development needs of those working in the humanitarian sector, producing graduates who will be expected to meet the increasing demand for humanitarian leadership. The blended nature of this course promotes lifelong learning.

The course crosses traditional subject boundaries to enable you to reflect critically on issues arising from your own work, the wider humanitarian agenda and develop the skills set needed for contemporary humanitarian practitioners.

Focusing on a wide range of humanitarian issues, this course offers a thorough investigation of the agents of change in the humanitarian field.

The MSc in Humanitarian Practice is delivered jointly by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

It brings together the disciplines of epidemiology, history, politics, anthropology, development studies, international relations, public health, management and humanitarian medicine, as well as the expertise of academics and leading practitioners.

As an HCRI and LSTM student, you will benefit from a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, as well as individual tutoring and supervision from academics from a wide range of disciplines.


- The overarching aim of the course is to enhance the leadership and management capacities in medical humanitarian operations through employing multidisciplinary, self-reflective and collaborative approaches and epistemologies and to:

- Nurture graduates who are critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders with humanitarian principles;

- Advance interdisciplinary knowledge to meet the changing operational needs of humanitarian fields;

- Lead and excel in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of humanitarian movements.


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The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

University of ManchesterThe Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) is a leading global centre for the study of humanitarianism, conflict responses, global health, international disaster management and peacebuilding, we offer an unrivalled learning environment for students interested in pursuing careers in humanitarian aid or research.

Part of the The University of Manchester, we conduct rigorous research on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises, and provide postgraduate training for undergraduates and professionals interested in the humanitarian sector.

By bringing together medicine and humanities, our programmes offer an inclusive approach to humanitarian ...

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